I love Christmas. But for the past several years, I have struggled to summon the Christmas cheer that used to kick in for me the day after Thanksgiving (or, after so many years in the UK, by 1 December at the latest).
The Shark Is Broken: This play has helped me conquer a life-long fear
I was fascinated by the story behind the play telling the story behind the film. The Shark Is Broken is the brainchild of Ian Shaw who co-wrote it and stars as his own late father Robert Shaw.
Dog Show video and photos: What do humans have in common with canines?
At my last Christmas Q&A at the Pleasance Theatre, for sci-fi spoof Escape from Planet Trash way back in December 2019, Ginger Johnson shared a tantalising teaser about her idea for her next offering: "Like Cats, but Dogs".
Empty in Angel post-show video and photos: Why are unions more important than ever in the gig economy?
Here's the brutal truth about many of our rights: we only really have them if we have the wherewithal to fight for them when they're trampled on. That's certainly the case when it comes to employment rights.
The Choir of Man: Dedicated to the 2000 pubs closed during lockdown
Here's a sobering statistic: 2,000 pubs closed during lockdown. Lost forever. The scale of that loss really struck me when I heard performer and (brilliant) poet Ben Norris recite it during The Choir of Man at the Arts Theatre. And, in fact, it's likely an underestimate.
Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of): Serving up Jane Austen with a karaoke twist
There are some shows with modest beginnings that seem to have all of the industry behind them, willing them to succeed. Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of) is one of them.
Marlowe’s Fate post-show video and photos: Who really wrote William Shakespeare’s plays?
More than four centuries after William Shakespeare died in 1616, aged 52 on his own birthday (23 April), questions remain about the authorship of his prodigious output - including nearly forty plays and more than 150 sonnets.
Doing Shakespeare post-show video and photos: Would the bard recognise his plays in this Zoom-to-stage mash-up?
As much as it was possible for anyone the arts, Northern Comedy Theatre had a very good pandemic. When all performing arts venues closed, rather than wrap up their work, they ramped up.
Indecent Proposal post-show video and photos: Hands up if you’d sleep with a stranger for $1 million
The big moral question at the heart of Indecent Proposal is: what are you willing to do for $1 million? More specifically: would you have sex for a stranger if they paid you $1 million?
Vaudevilles post-show video and photos: Seeing the surprisingly funny side of Anton Chekhov
Anton Chekhov is, of course, best known for his "big five" classic plays: Ivanov, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. None of which, though the author himself labelled them tragicomedies, are associated with hilarity.